Testimonials from EFT training participants 

I have had the opportunity to participate in Emotion Focused Therapy trainings with both Dr. Les Greenberg and Dr. Robert Elliott and feel deep gratitude for their authenticity, generosity, humility, and knowledge.  We as practitioners of Emotion-Focused Therapy have the unique opportunity to stand on the shoulders of these giants and their wonderful colleagues. 

Emotion-Focused Therapy, working with couples and individuals, has given me an informed pathway to clients’ underlying pain and their unmet needs and has equipped me with interventions that support the client’s innate ability to find resolution.

It is encouraging and fulfilling to witness my clients’ transformations in the room and to see the relief they experience in resolving their emotional pain. What is equally important and fulfilling for me is how it has changed my life personally and opened me up to processing my own unresolved issues. 

 

Janice Maurer, LMFT

Northern California

December 2018

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In my 15 years of clinical practice, Emotion Focused Therapy is the best model I have found that reduces suffering and truly helps clients change.  When I teach it to students and they use it during their clinical training, they are always amazed at how much relief it brings clients.  By moving from talking about emotions to experiencing emotions, EFT can help heal the wounds of developmental trauma, relationship distress, depression, and anxiety.  I cannot recommend this model enough – working with it brings me a great deal of personal satisfaction and joy, and it continually reminds me of why I wanted to be a therapist in the first place.

 

Brennan Peterson, Ph.D.

Professor, Chapman University

Marriage and Family Therapy & Psychology

October 2018

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Working within the Emotion Focused Therapy model has brought immense healing for my clients. As a therapist who sees both individuals and couples, I have the tools to be able to follow their pain, bring out their resilience and help them to face and put aside their emotional blocks or patterns. The workshops and on going consultation I receive keep me informed and enlightened as to how to practice this model with confidence. Les Greenberg, PhD has been instrumental in helping me be a better practitioner. I've combined the skills I've honed from his teachings as well as those from Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused model as well. Working within these models has brought me professional joy. And in a big way, it's why my calendar is always full of clients. It works!

 

Michele Hahn, JD, MFT

Santa Monica Couples Therapist

October 2018

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My story with EFT started from when I was a bachelor’s student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tehran/Iran. I was often overwhelmed by the thought of helping a diverse range of people and find solutions for all the problems in the world.

However, everything changed for me when I read a quote about EFT: “We don’t need to focus on the content; we focus on the process. The process for most problems in individuals and couples is similar.” This quote changed the way I think about therapy. When I attended two EFT trainings in California, I found out that EFT is not just an approach to therapy, it’s a way of thinking about people. To not judge people because of their problems. However, focus on people’s emotions. Emotions are global. They are like energy – they won’t disappear, but they could change from one kind to another. In this way, you can help all kinds of people around the world based on the knowledge of emotions. With empathy, a therapist is well-equipped to address the needs of a diverse range of people around the world. I not only recommend EFT to my colleagues, but to all of my friends and family to help improve their lives by “living with your emotions.”

 

Hamed Fatahian-Tehran
PAU Grad student,

January 2019

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The trainings provided by Dr. Leslie Greenberg and Dr. Robert Elliott have been outstanding and truly inspiring professionally. I feel very grateful and privileged to have had the opportunity to witness their knowledge and empathy. With a solid theoretical framework and research base, Emotion Focused Therapy provides a roadmap to working with emotions and achieving change. The connection between therapist and client based on following and guiding creates a strong bond to dive deeply into people’s most intimate concerns. Clients have commented that the times we use an EFT approach have been the most helpful for them. I have also experienced that change occurs faster and at a deeper level than with other approaches. I particularly appreciate that it is experiential, process based, and that it communicates to clients that they have the resources to change, with the help of their therapists. 

 

Ana Ribas, PhD

Clinical Psychologist in Los Angeles

October 2019

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Overall ABSOLUTELY AMAZING TRAINING that I would not hesitate to recommend to colleagues.

Nader Albadawi, PsyD

Psych Assistant in Irvin

October 2020

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A very informative and emotionally rich workshop!

Julia Galaudet, PsyD, LCSW

October 2020

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I was very impressed and am now excited to dive into more EFT learning and implementation in my own practice.

Jennifer Henshaw, LMFT

October 2020

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This training was incredibly helpful for understanding the EFT method. I will certainly be attending future trainings to deepen my understanding.

Craig  Cardamone, LMFT

October 2020

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EFT strikes me as the most structured and pragmatic framework for applying an experiential humanistic approach to therapy. EFT's use of schemes, markers, and tasks helps guide clinicians more directly into the client's experience. I knew almost nothing about EFT before this training and now I just want to steep myself in it.

Geoffrey Graham, ASW

October 2020

Certification Process Recognized by ISEFT

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There are 5 levels of recognition and also the possibility of certification.

  • Level A: Completion of Basic EFT Training

  • Level B: Completion of EFT Supervised Practice

  • Level C: Certified EFT Therapist

  • Level D:  Supervisor

  • Level E: Trainer 

For Description and details of each level please check the EFT Certification and resources page

Counseling for Depression by
Dr. Robert Elliott
A short story about emotions
A short story about
self-criticism
Unfinished business and unresolved grief

We need to live in mindful harmony

with our feelings, not attempt to

control them.

___  Les  Greenberg  ___

Therapists Who Took Trainings at SoCal Institute of EFT

Ladan H. Safvati, LMFT, ATR 

EFT Therapist Level B

Level one, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Level two, 2013, 2018, 2021

Level three, 2021

Jessica Borelli, PhD

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Level three, 2021

Hila Madani, PsyD

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Level three, 2021

Marilyn Talmage, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Level three, 2021

Sandy Sayan-Pedram, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Level three, 2021

Siyu Peng, LMHC

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Level three, 2021

Mary Dousette, PhD

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Level three, 2021

Zeinab Bagheri, MA

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Level three, 2021

Fatemeh Fazelisani, PhD

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Level three, 2021

Dominique Walterson, MS

Level two, 2021

Level three, 2021

Francisco Beisterveld

Level three, 2021

Sahar Darvishskandari

Level three, 2021

Judith Ayre

Level three, 2021

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Yamonte Cooper, Ed.D., LPCC

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Brannan Peterson, PhD, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Janice Maurer, LMFT

Level one, 2018, 2019

Level two, 2018

Michael Pariser, PsyD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Lital Shavarts, PsyD

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

David Kyle Bond, PhD

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Patricia Taylor, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Christopher Walling, PsyD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

David Laramie, PhD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Tina Dahlenburg, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Stephani Kirschner, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Randy Gottlieb, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Jonathan Mueller, PhD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Heidi Mattila, PhD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Nasrin Barkhordari, PsyD, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Alexandra Block, MA

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Kathryn Purdy, LMFT 

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Beth Bernholtz, PhD, PsyD

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Deryl Goldenberg, PhD

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Michelle Hann, LMFT

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Gerin Gaskin, MA

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2018

Sherise Prince, PsyD

Level one, 2017

Level two, 2018

Ann Gilbert, LMFT, ATBC

Level one, 2017, 2019

Level two, 2021

Terry Akhtarzad, LMFT

Level one, 2018

Level two, 2021

Natalie Pujo, PsyD

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Hamed Fatahian, MA 

Level one, 2018, 2019, 2020

Level two, 2021

Erjing Cui, LMHC

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Ana Ribas, PhD

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Adrienne Kijak, LCSW, ATR

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Sarah Johnson, PhD

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Ross Phillips, LMFT

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Jennifer Cha, MFT

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Salma Shah, MFT

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Maxine de Luna, MFT 

Level one, 2019

Level two, 2021

Jennifer Henshaw, LMFT

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Xiaomio Li, PhD

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Trevor Olsen, PhD

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Tracy Hefter, PhD

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Julia Galaudet, PsyD., LCSW

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Itzuri Hurtado, LMFT

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Chiehyu Liao, MA

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Parichehr MahdiAbadi, MD

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Samaneh Zaryabi Toosi, MS

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Hamidreza Maghsoodi, PhD

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Elizabeth Seidita, ASW

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Craig Cardamone, LMFT

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Peter Van Burken, MS

Level one, 2020

Level two, 2021

Joshua Ventura, PhD

Level one, 2021

Level two, 2021

Michelle Kelekota, MS

Level two, 2021

Shaniya Haghigat, MS

Level two, 2021

Babak Sadri, MS

Level two, 2021

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EFT Level one, 2017

Paul Howard, PsyD                                                 

Jennifer Codega, LMFT

Kathy Barnum, LPC

Armineh Gorgian, LMFT

Abeer Othman, LMFT

Mark Frankle, LMFT

Debi Frankle, LMFT

Bruce Chambers, LMFT

Debbie Cohen, LMFT, ATR

Brittany Mustin, LMFT

Gina Cantrell, LMFT

Michelle Colarusso, LCSW

Jodie Spanos, LMFT

Adam Brockman, LPC

Shellie Gravitt, LMFT

Level two, 2018

Debby Krahe, PsyD

Darin Bergen, PsyD

Bart Rubin, PhD

Level one, 2018

Diana Menendez, PsyD

Hedieh Azadmehr, PhD

Ginger Schwartz, PsyD

Liron Gabay Samara, LMFT

Alani Van, LCSW

Joel Freedman, LMHC

Ruth Kleast, LCSW

Tania Dow, LMFT

Cecily Krumholz, PsyD

Level one, 2019

Cai Yitong, MA

Yang Yu, LMHC

Jilla Behnad, LMFT

Namhee Lim, MBA

Teresa Gamez, MA student

Veiss Zandieh, LMFT, LPCC

Yishan Xu, PhD

Stephanie Rosen, PsyD

Erin Van Voorhies, PsyD

Patricia Smiley, PhD

Ellis Franklin, LCSW

Allison Rudnick, LMFT

Ariana Penalba, LMFT

Laura Worthington, LMFT

Alexandra Anguiano, MFT

Nicolette Pyne, MFT 

Anna Cancellieri, MFT

Pam Dyer, MFT 

Gelisa Gonzaga, MFT 

Kelly Royere, MFT 

Millisa Morrow, MFT 

David Eshleman, LMFT

Kyong Yi, LCSW

Liora Pourati, LMFT

Florence Ahlzadeh, LCSW

Angela Bothwell, MFT 

Nicole Reilly, MFT 

David Perlman, PsyD

Sarah Taylor, LMFT

Victoria Shirazi, PsyD

Mitra Zaeri, 

Level one, 2020

Jenn Moudahi, MA

Mary Clark, LMFT

Olivia Einbund, MA, AMFT

Geoffrey Graham, MSW

Arpee Simonian, LMFT

Nader Albadawi, PsyD

Jessica Aguilar, LMFT

Michael Rollin, MD

Robert McDonnel, MA

Bruce Kirby, MSW

Katarina Blom, PsyD

Maura Amaral, LMFT

Level one, 2021

Brock Trotter,MA

Howard Scott Warshaw, MA

Borja Alonso Arroya, MA

Apiradee Poungjit, MA

Mark Buckingham,MA

Erika Michell, MA

Yiling Zhang, PhD

Karen Worthington, MA

Genevieve Rix, MA

Maria Holkenfeldt, MA

Melissa Glass, MA

Gala Connell, MA

Vanessa Groff, MA

Timothy Day, PhD

Rachelle Michaud, MA

Ryan O'Farrell, PsyD

Veronica Parker, MA

Margaux Broux, MA

Corina Lopez, PhD

Emile Lopez, MA

Sara Taveira, MA

Jason Katz, MA

Juri Jeon, MA

Rinat Kass, MA

Rieko Ward, MA

Zhansaya Akhmetsadyk, MA

Kristen Rattray, MA

Alexis DaFonseca, PhD

Sepideh Nahavandi, MA

Zoe Chen, MA

Huang Bingjie, MA

Daniel Parker, MA

Phoebe Hutut, MA

Rebecca Walker, MA

Manny Romero, MA

Sue Hymus, MA

Fiona El Bassuni, MA

Sarah Bomatter, MA

Chloe Walls, MA

Ryan Berkompas, MA

Gareth King, MA

Danita Tanner, MA

SiHui Pang, MA

Patrick Schaafsma, MA